We are pleased to announce that visual
artist John Baldessari will be joining THE THING Quarterly as a
contributor for issue 22, which will be released in the winter of
2013. To say we are "pleased" doesn't really get at how excited
we are about this news. From the very beginning of THE
THING, we've often considered our work on this project as
something inspired by John Baldessari's work. And now we will be
working with him on an issue. It's almost as though THE THING is
folding in on itself.
More on John Baldessari:
Lives in Santa Monica, California, works in Venice, California.
John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San
Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art
Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at
Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in
Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los
Angeles from 1996 - 2007.
Baldessari's artwork has been featured in
more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in
the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films,
billboards and public works. His awards and honors include memberships
in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement
Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA
International 2008, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement,
awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He has received honorary
degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State
University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and
California College of the Arts.
Recent projects include exhibitions in New York, Europe, and Los
Angeles; installations at the Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld, Germany), the
Temporary Stedelijk 2 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the Manchester
International Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom); an exhibition with
the Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy; and the traveling retrospective
"John Baldessari: Pure Beauty." John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné
of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007 was published in December 2009 by
Hudson Hills Press.
Upcoming projects include exhibitions at
Marian Goodman Gallery Paris and Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles,